Purchasing Specialist Salary

A Purchasing Specialist earns an average salary of $49,515 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Sourcing, Data Analysis, and Contract Negotiation.
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$37,068 - $73,776
$37K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,120
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50%
90%

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$14.55 - $24.02
$15
$19
$24
MEDIAN: $18.66
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$0$73K
Salary $37,068 - $73,776
Bonus $0.00 - $6,787
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $11,443
Commission $2,700
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,602 - $68,281
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 466
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $14.55 - $24.02
Overtime $20.74 - $37.09
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $0.00 - $6,787
Commission $2,700
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $11,443
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,602 - $68,281
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 273

Job Description for Purchasing Specialist

Purchasing specialists typically hold manager-level positions charged with making purchases necessary for their organization's operations. The day-to-day duties performed by these specialists vary depending on the needs of the company. However, generally, a purchasing specialist works in a service-oriented business and oversees the purchasing and inventory of operating supplies rather than retail goods. Hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and companies that repair, maintain, or conduct construction work typically have a purchasing specialist.

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Purchasing Specialist Tasks

  • Predict required packaging or resources according to customer requests and coordinate with vendors to obtain products.
  • Resolve billing issues and any conflicts between the company and the vendors.
  • Maintain working relationships with vendors, evaluate vendor contract terms, and negotiate prices.
  • Place, schedule, and follow-up on orders to ensure accuracy and timely delivery.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Specialist


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Purchasing Specialist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Purchasing Specialist

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Purchasing Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Purchasing Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 328 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Purchasing Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Purchasing Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 158 salaries. A Purchasing Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 76 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,484

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Purchasing Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Purchasing Specialist?

Purchasing Specialist in Woodinville:
"Purchasing and Order Status."
Pros: It is close to home. The co-workers are great. Expectations are reasonable and well-defined. My boss appreciates me. I get along well with my boss. My work is interesting and challenging and it keeps me busy. My work aligns with my career goals.
Cons: Compensation is not at a market rate. I don't get listened to very much. Some of my co-workers are slow and I feel like they hold me back.

Purchasing Specialist in Rock Hill:
"Flexibly stressed."
Pros: Flexibility to make decisions you think are best and try new ideas in addition to the opportunity to interact with many different industries as a learning experience and networking opportunity.
Cons: Lack of authority to enforce policies within other departments to streamline processes regarding my own work.

Purchasing Specialist in Houston:
"When It's Good It's Great."
Pros: I really enjoy the people I work with. We are a close team that count on each other for assistance an back up. I like putting together master lists to help determine and coordinate deliveries of our fixtures. I enjoy providing and collecting all available information to best determine our course of action in allocating inventory.
Cons: The things I like the least are mostly outside and uncontrollable factors. I do not enjoy the need it done yesterday aspect of my job. Retail is a fickle industry. I don't know how much job growth is available.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Specialist

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Purchasing Specialist Salaries

▲33%

▲17%

▼0%

National Average
$45,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Specialist Salaries

Sourcing
▲38%

Data Analysis
▲12%


▲5%

Microsoft Office
▲4%

▼0%

Vendor Management
▼0%

National Average
$45,000



Inventory Control
▼5%

Logistics
▼7%

Customer Service
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 18%